My Fave Off-White Cream Paint Colour: SW Creamy
I always get a giggle when my E-design clients say they love cream, but don’t love yellow. Why is that funny? Well, because a) I’m easily amused when I’ve had two glasses of wine and b) because without yellow – there is no cream!
Creamy behind the mirror and on the wall in the reflection
The basic idea behind cream is that you start with a light yellow paint colour and add a neutral to it, like beige/black/gray. Once you do that, your ‘yellow’ turns into a cream. The more neutral you mix in, the less yellow it gets until you eventually have beige or greige. You’ll also find creams with notes of orange, red or green in them, adding more layers of flexibility.
Now, if you’ve read my colour review on BM Gentle Cream, you’ll have learned about a ‘heavy cream’ – a cream that is not ‘fresh and light’, but has a bit of weight to it. You might have also explored my review of BM Ballet White, which is an epic blend of cream/beige/gray. So today, we’re going to talk about a DIFFERENT type of cream, one on the lighter, fresher end of things – Sherwin Williams Creamy.
What is the LRV of Creamy?
If you aren’t familiar with LRV, you should read this, it’s a game-changer when choosing colours – trust the Ginger. The basic idea is that the higher the LRV number is, the lighter a colour is, the lower the LRV number is, the darker the colour is. Creamy has an LRV of 81, which in the colour world is PRETTY DARNED HIGH and plants it nicely in the off-white range.
What are the undertones of Creamy?
YELLOW – surprise surprise! Well, actually, yellow is its ‘colour’, but it has a NEUTRAL undertone that calms it down so that it’s not day-glo yellow – it’s cream.
That lovely neutral base helps it stay a bit softer and more neutral compared to a slightly more yellow off-white like SW Dover White (which I find a touch too yellow, personally).
Creamy in a south-facing room
South-facing light is a warm, yellow light. This light will enhance warm colours, bringing out their glorious warmth. So, when you put Creamy in a south-facing room, you can expect the creamy yellow warmth to rise UP and become more noticeable. You may see a similar effect in the afternoon in a west-facing room.
These 2 photos show the ABSOLUTE warmest Creamy will look (south-facing/warm bulbs)
The same thing will happen in the evening if you have warm bulbs in your fixtures, as shown below.
Creamy in a north-facing room
I LOVE Creamy in a north-facing space, I think that’s where it’s at its very best. Northern light is a gray light with a blue cast. This cool natural light calms Creamy right down, so it acts like a soft, subtle, warm – almost not creamy colour. There is still residual warmth in it, but it’s not noticeably ‘yellow’. (You may see a similar effect in an east-facing room).
Shown here with BM Cloud White trim
Take a moment to look at those last two photos. Same area, but the top photo is in the evening and the bottom photo is in the daytime – just shows you how much colour changes throughout the day!
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Creamy in a dark room
Well, I’ve said it before, and because I like to hear myself talk, I’ll say it again…
‘If you have a dark room and not enough artificial or natural light, there is no paint colour that will save you’ – Moi
You need to improve your interior lighting before you pick a paint colour. Sure, Creamy will ‘help’ and might reflect a bit of the minimal natural or artificial light it’s given, but don’t expect it to work wonders if it’s not GIVEN enough light.
Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…
Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…
- Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
- At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
- If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
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Creamy in a bright room
Well, with that killer high LRV, you can totally expect Creamy to wash-out on a well-lit wall – particularly at the height of day with direct sunlight on it. In a ‘generally’ bright room, it will hold itself as a soft warm white/off-white as long as it has some white (trim/cabinets) to contrast with.
Creamy on trim and cabinets
This is where you want to be careful. Whereas Creamy is gorgeous on walls, it’s a tougher sell on the trim. Because it has a slightly stronger creamy warmth, it’s a hard one to partner up with paint colours on the walls compared to more flexible whites and off-whites.
The best white to partner with Creamy for trim or cabinets?
When it comes to Creamy, I lean into either BM Cloud White or SW Pure White – both are great partners with their soft, pretty warmth. And while there are others, I WOULDN’T partner Creamy with a cool crisp white like SW Extra White.
Creamy with Cloud White trim
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KYLIE M E-DESIGN ONLINE, VIRTUAL PAINT COLOUR CONSULTING SPECIALIZING IN BENJAMIN MOORE AND SHERWIN WILLIAMS BEST PAINT COLOURS